My regular Friday group has been using Pathfinder for almosty two years now; but we live in an area with zero PFS activity, so we have little exposure. Playing in the Society once a year at Gencon didn't seem to be a great way to participate in the story, so while I always stop by the HQ at Gencon, none of us has played so far.
Looking over the schedule for this year, the Special "Race for the Runecarved Key" looks like fun... but how would it be for a group of Level 1s? I can see the range goes up to 12+, so I'm no sure how friendly it would be for an introduction to the Society, or for a group of Level ones fresh off the bus.
If you're familiar with the system. Then playing at Level 1 would be fine. They used a tiered system for the tables. So you would play against a difficulty 1-2, where a group of level 12's would face off against level 12 challenges.
Though, if you're new to PFS. Before you come, or even at Gencon, your group should run through the First Steps Trilogy. It's a great way to get a feel for PFS, and all 3 scenarios are free downloads. That's my 2 coppers at least.
Further, what area are you from?
|Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome|
the yearly special is specifically designed for each tier ... while the lvl 12 pcs will have it harder, the lvl 1s will still be challenege, but it will be a challenge appropriate to their level. In a sense think of it as one large group, but each table taking the portion of the task that they are best suited for.
With respect to Daniel's suggestion about First Steps, you might see if you can get through First Steps before Friday night, though that's a total of three slots. The First Steps (Parts 1-3) serve as an introduction to the Society, and what's more, they'll get you to level 2 by the end.
All other considerations ignored (meaning, this probably won't work if you have plans to do other stuff at Gen Con before Friday night), I'd try to get into a table of First Steps part 1, part 2, and part 3 before the end of the Friday afternoon slot. Then, you can take your newly level 2 character into the Special.
In fact... if your group is already familiar with Pathfinder, you can download the First Steps trilogy (they're free!) and run through them as a group before Gen Con. PFS GMs get credit for the scenario as if they've played, so the GM can create a character and apply the chronicles to that character - then you're all at the same level.
I've recommended in the past that if your group has a few people who are comfortable GMing, you take turns GMing. The fact that everyone gets a chronicle (XP, items, gold) - both GM and Player - means that you'll all be the same level all the time.
But PFCBG has it right - the tier 1-2 of the special is designed for characters of level 1 and 2, so you'll be fine. :)
Hmm; not sure we could get through all three of the First Steps, but I suppose we could run through them at home. We have two DMs (Myself and anothe) who switch back and fourth between active campaigns; the next hiatus may be the right time!
We are in Buffalo, NY... there is a pretty active gamer base here, but no Pathfinder Society I've come across. Rochester, I think, has a small group operating out of a gaming shop there, but thats 90 minutes away.
Atrius wrote:"They?"Kyle Baird wrote:Here's hoping they split the new 12s from the 14s and 15s.Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:while the lvl 12 pcs will have it harderYes, yes they will.
As this is the first event I know of where someone can play a level 13,14,15,16, or even 17. "They" means whoever breaks down the 12+ into tiers.